Elon Musk hopes to put a computer chip in your brain. Who wants one?

San Francisco (CNN Business)This week Elon Musk unveiled his most sci-fi project thus far: a computer chip connected to exceptionally slender wires with electrodes on them, all of which is meant to be embedded in a person’s brain by a surgical robot. The implant would connect wirelessly to a small behind-the-ear receiver that could communicate with a computer. “The general idea and their motivation, I think, are spot on,” said Andrew Schwartz, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh and pioneer in the brain-machine interface field. And, in fact, a number of experts told CNN Business that Neuralink could, in the coming years, be a boon for people with conditions such as quadriplegia, enabling increased independence and ushering …

People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the ‘sober curious’

New York (CNN Business)Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first “shrub” an acidic beverage made from vinegar, fruit, sugar, club soda and zero alcohol. “It’s such a part of the culture, especially here in San Francisco that I would go out for dinner and have two to three drinks everyday,” Silicon Valley entrepreneur Justin Kan, the CEO of law-tech startup Atrium, told CNN Business. He said he has seen a shift recently within his tech circle. “I was at a dinner with a lot of tech people last night and probably half the people weren’t drinking.” Kan announced last month, in a post on Twitter, that he was giving …

Aerogels are the Worlds Lightest Solids

Aerogels are the world’s lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video by Veritasium is silica aerogels, though graphene aerogels are now technically the lightest. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

This new 3D printer makes objects appear out of nowhere

Image: Illustration: Bob Al-Greene / Mashable Amazon has been conducting research that involves digital 3D “scans” of people’s bodies in exchange for a $25 Amazon gift card. The e-commerce giant is currently carrying out the image study at two different locations in New York City.  Mashable became aware of the research program after a staff member was targeted with an advertisement on Instagram. The ad led to an online form where would-be participants were able to sign up for a 3D body scan session. A screenshot of the signup page for the Amazon Body Labs imaging study. Image: amazon / screenshot The signup page for the study claims that Amazon  takes 3D scans, photos, and videos of study participants, both …

Facebook wants to bring your entire body into virtual reality

San Jose (CNN Business)Facebook is working on full-body virtual reality avatars that look and move just like real people, in hopes of making the technology feel even more engaging and immersive. Mallet pointed out that this kind of fully-tracked full-body avatar is still far off in the future. One challenge (among many) is that there isn’t currently a way for people to generate these digital versions of themselves with off-the-shelf sensors. Facebook will also need to determine how best to keep these avatars secure.Mallet said this may mean using facial or fingerprint recognition to connect a realistic avatar to a person. “We’re still years away from this kind of technology in consumer headsets,” Mallet said. Facebook said in March that …